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Welsh Junior Open 2023 Report & Winners

11th September 2023

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Thrilling Matches and Local Triumphs at the Welsh Junior Open

The Welsh Junior Open, the first major Junior Squash tournament of the season, brought together 110 players from across the globe in Cardiff for a weekend of intense competition and unforgettable moments. The event showcased the resilience and skill of these young athletes, who took on challenging court conditions amidst a heat wave in the city.

Spectators and players alike rose to the occasion, making the tournament a resounding success.

In the boys’ U11 category, James Baker showcased his talent and determination, emerging as the deserving champion. The U11 girls’

division saw local star Elsie Griffiths shine as she claimed the title, delighting the crowd with her impressive performance. These young players demonstrated remarkable potential and set the stage for exciting squash in the seasons to come.

Moving up to the U13 category, Callum Smith’s exceptional skills brought him victory in the boys’ division, establishing himself as a rising star in the sport. The U13 girls’ final featured an all-Welsh showdown, with Madalena Sidoli narrowly edging out Eliza Hales in a thrilling match to secure the championship.

Samual Cross impressed in the U15 boys’ division, showcasing his talent and determination as he clinched the title. Another Welsh player, Nia Seran Thomas, left spectators in awe with her outstanding performance, emerging victorious in the U15 girls’ category.

In the highly competitive U17 girls’ final, local player Millie Breach demonstrated her skill and tenacity, securing the runner-up position in a fiercely contested matchup. It was a testament to her talent and hard work.

The boys’ U17 final became a captivating family affair, with Owen Hendricks battling it out against Vigo Hendricks. In a thrilling five-set match, Owen emerged victorious, claiming the title in a display of exceptional skill and determination.

The U19 girls’ category witnessed an impressive display from South African player Savannah Ingledew, who triumphed over Welsh champ Ellie Breach to become the champion. The high-quality final showcased the depth of talent in the tournament.

Lastly, in the boys’ U19 division, Titouan Isambard showcased his prowess by defeating Welshman Ioan Sharp in a high-quality final, claiming the title in an intense and dramatic match.

The success of the Welsh Junior Open would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of the Squash Wales team, who organized and hosted the event seamlessly. A heartfelt thanks also goes to the referees, players, and parents whose support and participation made the tournament truly memorable.

The Welsh Junior Open served as a celebration of talent, resilience, and the spirit of competition. The outstanding performances and local triumphs showcased the bright future of junior squash. Congratulations to all the players for their exceptional achievements, and we eagerly anticipate the next chapter in their squash journeys.

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